Andrew Maxwell

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Andrew Maxwell
Head and shoulders portrait of Andrew Maxwell with a stubbly beard and wearing large red-rimmed sunglasses.
Andrew Maxwell in 2013
Born1974 (age 44–45)
ResidenceLondon, England, UK
OccupationStand-up comedian
Years active1992–present
Home townKilbarrack, Dublin, Ireland

Andrew Maxwell (born 1974) is an Irish stand-up comedian, perhaps best known for being the narrator of the MTV reality television series, Ex on the Beach.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Maxwell was born into a Methodist family in Kilbarrack, Dublin. Both of his grandfathers were lay preachers, and he was educated at the Church of Ireland ethos Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf.[2]

Maxwell lived in London for many years, and now resides in Kent with his wife, whom he married in 2015, and their three children. He supports Scottish football team Hibernian F.C..[3]


In 1992, Maxwell tried stand-up comedy for the first time at a local club run by Ardal O'Hanlon. The club was The Comedy Cellar at The International Bar in central Dublin. Two years later he began to play on the international stand up circuit, mainly in the United Kingdom. Warm-up slots on British television shows Jonathan Ross, Johnny Vaughan, and They Think It's All Over soon followed. From 1995, he made regular appearances on BBC Two's Sunday Show, which was transmitted live from Manchester.

Other credits for Maxwell include RI:SE as the United States correspondent, a regular guest slot on a weekly topical comedy-style chat show The Panel which ran on Irish TV channel RTÉ One from 2003 until 2011, and regular appearances on British TV shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock The Week. He appeared on the Secret Policeman's Ball in 2006, while a Funny Cuts special for E4, called Andrew Maxwell – My Name Up In Lights aired that same year. In 2014, Maxwell appeared in Comedy Central's Drunk History and was the narrator of Ex on the Beach, an MTV reality-based television series. Maxwell has narrated every series since the show's launch. In October 2018, Maxwell appeared in the Irish episode of HISTORY's TV series Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The English alongside host Al Murray. Maxwell has also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 series "The News Quiz".

Maxwell was voted the "King of Comedy" on the Channel 4 reality TV show of the same name. In 2007 he was nominated for the if.comedy award for the best show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Maxwell also hosts his own weekly late-night comedy gig Fullmooners, which mainly takes place in London but also tours around comedy festivals such as Edinburgh. It has featured comics like Russell Brand, Simon Pegg, Tommy Tiernan and Ed Byrne. It also features break-dancers and singers.

DVD releases[edit]

Title Released Notes
Live in Dublin 25 July 2012 Live in Dublin
Conflict Revolution 5 December 2008 Live in Edinburgh
One Inch Punch 22 November 2010 Live at Vicar Street


  1. ^ "Andrew Maxwell – United Voices".
  2. ^ Hall, Julian (3 August 2005). "Andrew Maxwell: A right royal jester". The Independent. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Fifteen comedians on surviving the Fringe".

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